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Pilot evaluation of anterior dynamic ultrasound screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip in an Australian regional hospital

Submitted: 10 February 2012
Revised: 9 July 2012
Published: 18 September 2012

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Author(s) : Charlton S, Muir L, Skinner TC, Walters L.

Timothy SkinnerLucie Walters

Citation: Charlton S, Muir L, Skinner TC, Walters L.  Pilot evaluation of anterior dynamic ultrasound screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip in an Australian regional hospital. Rural and Remote Health (Internet) 2012; 12: 2091. Available: (Accessed 17 October 2017)


Introduction:  Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) is the most common notifiable musculoskeletal birth defect in South Australia (SA). Despite routine screening by physical examination of the hips in the neonatal period and at 6 weeks of age, the risk of late diagnosis is increased in rural areas. It is assumed this is due to the examining doctors’ reduced clinical expertise. Introducing Anterior Dynamic Ultrasound (ADUS) has reduced the late detection rates in Sweden to almost zero, and may benefit Australian infants in rural areas if routine screening was introduced. This study reports on a small implementation pilot in a SA regional hospital where volunteer postnatal mothers consented to their babies having ADUS examinations.
Methods:  The pilot was evaluated by collecting results of physical examination, ADUS, and surveying parental impressions of the screening test.
Results:  Hips of 86 infants underwent ADUS during the implementation pilot. Parents’ perceptions were mainly very positive and indicated ADUS was an accessible and acceptable screening test. Of the hips scanned, three were found to have maximum movement of the femoral head of >3 mm and were deemed to demonstrate increased laxity. Four hips described as loose or mobile on clinical examination were found to be within normal limits of maximum mobility on ADUS.
Conclusions:  This study has demonstrated that a larger scale implementation project would be feasible in regional Australia, and would enable researchers to better understand how to reduce the late diagnosis rate of DDH in rural areas.

Key words: Australia, congenital, hip dislocation, mass screening, ultrasound.

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